Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) ended the 2019 Vios Racing Festival season with a truly scintillating final round over the weekend. Held at the Clark International Speedway, the final races saw over 70 Circuit Championship and Autocross Challenge drivers battling it out in their ever-dependable Vios racecars.
Series front-runners expectedly delivered podium finishes but other drivers rewrote the winners’ scripts, notably celebrity racer Gerald Anderson, who secured podium finishes for the first time since the season began.
“I had to finish the last leg of the Vios Racing Festival with a bang!” said celebrity racer Gerald Anderson in an Instagram post he wrote after the race. “I was tired of losing and not giving a good race for my fans and supporters who travel from Manila to Clark every race to support me. You guys were my motivation. I couldn’t accept not standing on the podium before the Vios Racing Festival ended.”
“I learned that we all have to be like a Toyota Vios in our lives. Reliable – be someone your family can always rely on; Quality – always giving your best at everything; Safety – protecting yourself and family; Relentless – never stopping ‘til you reach your Goals/Dreams. Let’s all be a Toyota Vios,” Anderson added.
At the end of the November 9 race day, TMP recognized the racers who won the final rounds of the Vios Circuit Championship and the fourth round of the Vios Autocross Challenge.
“Toyota appreciates your heartfelt support over the course of the Vios Racing Festival. Together, we all contribute to the growth of motorsports in the Philippines, and we’ll continue to do so for more years to come,” said TMP president Satoru Suzuki during the race’s opening ceremonies attended by the race participants and spectators.
The overall winners of the 2019 Vios Racing Festival season will be announced by TMP in an awards night happening this month.
TMP has been organizing Vios motorsport events in the country for six years now.
For this season, TMP added the Autocross Challenge to the event, transforming the annual Vios Cup into a more inclusive and accessible Vios Racing Festival by opening racing slots to more car club members, motoring journalists, social media personalities and even regular drivers or Toyota fans who joined TMP’s social media contests.
This writer participated in the Autocross Challenge as a first-time ever racer, and was able to make the semi-final round with a Top 10 finish.
The 2019 Vios Racing Festival is supported by TMP’s partners and sponsors: Bridgestone, Petron, Motul, Rota, Brembo, Denso, AVT, 3M, OMP, and Tuason Racing.
Here’s the complete list of the podium finishers from last weekend’s races:
For more information and updates on the Vios Racing Festival and TMP’s motorsports program, visit Toyota’s official website at www. toyota.com.ph and follow its social media accounts at facebook.com/ ToyotaMotorPhilippines, instagram.com/ToyotaMotorPhilippines and twitter.com/ToyotaMotorPH.